Style Roundup: 10 Boat Shoes You'll Love

When sneakers just won't do

By Style Girlfriend | Last Updated: Jun 11 2020

That’s right. We’re back on our boat shoe bullsh*t.

Sorry not sorry. The weather went from meh to mediterranean basically overnight, and now all we want to do is sip one of those drinks with the little umbrella in them. And y’know what pairs perfectly with tropical drinks? Casual footwear (not sandals).

If you have a physical aversion to boat shoes, we want to be understanding, but also…it’s hard because boat shoes are great. They’re versatile; they look better with age, and they’re crazy-comfortable! What’s not to love?

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite pairs that are perfect for the warm weather weekends ahead.

Below, the 10 best boat shoes for guys:

1. Sperry Top-Sider, $95

SG Says: The OG. If you’re going to get just one pair, make it these.

2. Quoddy, $180

SG Says: These suede boat shoes by Quoddy fit somewhere on the style spectrum between a moccasin and a desert boot. You get the feel of a boat shoe, while the overall look feels (somewhat) less bro-tastic.

The best of both worlds!

3. Goodfellow & Co, $37

SG Says: Target’s continuously stellar Goodfellow & Co line strikes again. The chambray material really makes this pair of summer slip-ons pop.

4. Kenneth Cole, $76

SG Says: If you’re into this conservative, classic shoe, but wish it looked a little less bro-y, this pair from Kenneth Cole New York might be right for you. The dark colors and sneaker construction vibes could turn any skeptic into a boat shoe aficionado.

5. Sperry, $135

SG Says: Boat shoes but make it FASHUN. These Sperrys are made from textured brushed-suede in a rich mustard tone, with thick rubber soles.

6. Polo Ralph Lauren, $93

SG Says: These look like the shoes a high school villain from the “nice” town who keeps threatening to beat up the protagonist who eventually gets the girl would wear…and that’s exactly why we like them. #tbt vibes.

7. Tretorn, $70

SG Says: This grey chambray canvas pair from Tretorn feels different from a “typical” boat shoe…but just enough.

8. Eastland, $112

SG Says: These clunkers won’t be for everybody, but personally we think they look super-cool. Plus, you won’t find another boat shoe like this that gives you a little extra height…if you’re into that kind of thing.

9. Asos, $60

SG Says: To be honest, we’re not totally sure about these as a second or even third pair of boat shoes for your summer footwear arsenal, but they feel ~innovative~ and you know we’re a sucker for that.

From the Norwegian rainwear experts at SWIMS, these loafers sport a breathable knit upper that’s surrounded in waterproof rubber.

Leans a little harder into the “functional” than the “fashionable” perhaps, but there’s definitely a time and a place for these bad boys. Y’know, like on an actual boat.

10. Sebago, $180

SG Says: If Sperrys are the boat shoe OG, Sebago comes in a close second. This slip-on style features luxe-looking lace stitching and a non-scuffing outsole.

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